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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
The reviews are the opinions of the reviewer... just as a.axon and goodreads reviews are... mostly.

I think Sarah was clear why she did not like the book and fair in her critique. It is all down to the personal taste of the reviewer.

On the other side, a lot of reviews were around the 7 and 8 mark. Nothing to tell them apart.

As the bloggers get through the ones that appealled to them first, I think we are likely to see scores fall.

People's tastes vary hugely. Last week I hosted a discussion between two bloggers who gave Prince of Thorns 2* & 5* and King of Thorns 5* & 2* respectively and both liked Emperor of Thorns a lot!

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/did-we-read-same-book.html

That's no problem I was just surprised at the really low score.It  be boring if everyone liked the same book and I would probable give it the same score as Sarah as it seems more romance then fantasy  :)

October 23, 2015, 06:48:18 PM
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Re: Mark Lawrence's Horsemen of the Apocalypse Kickstarter is Live Now!
Not sure this fits here but Mark Lawrence, author of the Broken Empire, is Kickstarting a card game called the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Here's your chance to combine your interest in destroying the world, card games, and riding down innocents in order to doom your friends.

You can find the campaign here: http://kck.st/1LrnyoY and you can join the Facebook page for a chance to win a signed copy of Prince of Fools: http://on.fb.me/1LrnB3Z

I've set up a contest for people to design a card for inclusion in the finished game. Winner gets included! Plus signed books galore on offer.

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/play-your-part-in-apocalypse.html

October 23, 2015, 06:54:09 PM
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Critiques vs Writing Advice Having recently posted critiques of three fantasy page 1s I am reminded of my old conviction that critique is more valuable than general writing advice even if it's not your work being critiqued.

Even the act of critiquing another person can strengthen your writing.


http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/you-really-want-me-to-critique-you.html

November 14, 2015, 12:13:34 PM
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Re: A Day in the Life of an Agent I found my agent from this list:

https://www.sffchronicles.com/threads/8887/

I didn't know anything about any of them, just worked my way down through the ones that took electronic submissions.

I didn't write any query letter, just included this 130 word cover letter and first 8 chapters (ignoring where they asked for 3).

Dear Sir/Madam,
I have enclosed a synopsis of my book ‘Prince of Thorns' and the first few chapters. Since my chapters are pretty short I’ve sent in the first 8, which clocks in at around 12,000 words.
I’ve published around 20 short stories in paying magazines over the last 3 years under the pen name *** ****. My most recent sales have been two 6,000 words stories to Black Gate magazine, at the princely rate of 3 cents a word.
I’m 40 years old, married, father of four. I have a Ph.D in mathematics, a degree in physics and I really have been involved in rocket science (whilst working for on contracts for the US government). I have US and UK citizenship and have lived the majority of my life in the UK.


I got lucky on my 4th try. I was very pleased that my long-held belief that you had to network and button-hole agents at conferences wasn't true (although it may well help). It would be depressing to think that social skills and being pushy were more important to success than good writing.

November 26, 2015, 12:18:42 PM
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Re: Today Fantasy-Faction Turns Five! Happy birthday Fantasy-Faction!

My debut book got its second ever review here back in February 2011! It's been a great journey for both of us  :)

November 29, 2015, 02:52:10 PM
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Re: MOST POPULAR POSTS ON FANTASY-FACTION FOR 2015 As long as I don't actually have to rewrite Frozen, I'm cool with it (pun not intended). I haven't watched it yet!
December 26, 2015, 10:10:11 PM
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off
Finished Bloodrush, by Ben Galley.

Gave it 3 stars. From that title and cover I expected action to happen much sooner. It took like 60% or 65% for the first shot to be fired!

The prose was very well-written and editing and proofreading was also very well done. I liked.

I think this book would have worked better if it started as Merion already grown-up kicking ass, making us question a lot of things and then using the first 60% or so as a little flashback.
Think Roland Deschain and the ka-tet from The Dark Tower.

I've also just finished this one. I agree with you, the prose was good and I enjoyed the read.

I reviewed it on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1359826975

December 27, 2015, 08:01:24 PM
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Re: Fantasy-Faction nominated for Reddit.com Award :) Fantasy-Faction appears to be in 2nd place right now and voting ends tonight!

Tor.com
Fantasy-Faction
A Dribble of Ink
Best Fantasy Books HQ
Fantasy Literature
File 770
Quill to Live
Nerds of a Feather
Fiction Garden

January 06, 2016, 08:14:11 AM
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Re: Fantasy-Faction nominated for Reddit.com Award :)
Have you discovered the perils of dual wielding fantasy awards yet?

I have. The third lost finger(*) was the charm.

(*) innocent bystander's

January 12, 2016, 08:22:51 AM
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Re: Final Round: Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off The conspiracy theory is postulated and answered in the last 3 comments on the SPFBO page:

http://mark---lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/final-round-self-published-fantasy-blog.html

February 19, 2016, 08:24:45 AM
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